The Concept for a FMN capability was agreed in November 2012. It provided overarching guidance for establishing a Federated Mission Network capability that would enable effective information sharing among NATO, NATO Nations, and/or Non-NATO Entities participating in operations. The goal of FMN is connecting forces participating in an operation to a federated mission environment at any time, quickly and at an optimised level of interoperability. This will improve Command and Control. Entities which desire to be part of FMN missions are called affiliates. The purpose of FMN is ultimately to support command and control and decision-making in future operations. The concept of FMN is a key contribution to the Connected Forces Initiative (CFI), helping Allied partner forces better communicate, train and operate together.
After the Military Committee approved the FMN Concept, ACT was tasked, in coordination with Allied Command Operations (ACO) and NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCIA) to develop a NATO FMN Implementation Plan (NFIP). The NFIP lead to the establishment of the FMN Governance and Management body (within ACO) and several Working Groups (see scheme below).
The NATO C2COE with Information Management and Human Aspects as two of its Focus Areas, is especially interested in the Operational Coordination Working Group (OCWG) as it represents the operators of FMN. The OCWG is responsible for collecting and managing operational requirements.
FMN is also in 2017 part of the NATO C2COE POW. This continued involvement in the FMN OCWG will allow us to share and steer C2 concepts with the FMN-operators.
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